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GR Reserve Shiraz 2017

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Sourced from the very finest parcels of Bethany Shiraz from the wonderful 2017 vintage, this wine has all the hallmarks of a great Barossa Valley Shiraz with a unique Bethany personality and character and does great credit to Geoff and Robert Schrapel.

NEW RELEASE VINTAGE

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Sourced from the very finest parcels of Bethany Shiraz from the cool but rich 2017 vintage, this wine has all the hallmarks of a great Barossa Valley Shiraz with a unique Bethany personality and character and does great credit to Geoff and Robert Schrapel. Matured in a blend of 70% new French and American oak, the nose displays complex layers of dark, blue and black fruits mingling with baking spices and mocha. The palate is rich and long with dark blue and black fruits complemeted by dark chocolate and earthy complexity.  Lush and elegant the vibrant velvety tannins produce a finish of great finesse and a promise of more to enjoy with careful cellaring.

The GR series evolved after 10 years of Shiraz making. The variety which the Barossa is most famous for was also the most widely planted in our family vineyards and when we made our first wine in 1981 we decided to keep parcels of fruit from different vineyards separate.

The classification was made in the vineyard on the basis of micro-climate, soil type and viticultural technique, the parcels were processed separately in four tonne fermenters, and matured separately in new and seasoned French and American hogsheads.

Over a decade one parcel of fruit kept grabbing our attention. It came from a small vineyard of less than 5 acres in the foothills of the Barossa Ranges, from old vines on classic Barossa red brown earths overlaying limestone. The vines produce small berries which provide maximum flavour and colour and the breezes on the foothills ensure gradual ripening and fine tannins.

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